Roy A. Arnold was named president of Arlington Park and its network of Trackside off-track betting facilities on March 30, 2006, and assumed his new responsibilities on April 11, 2006.
As he begins his second year at Arlington, Arnold is supervising the installation of a new $11 million synthetic Polytrack racing surface for the 2007 meet. Arnold joined the Arlington Park team following an extensive and highly successful military career in the United States Marine Corps. During his 30-year tenure, Arnold held leadership positions at home and abroad at every level of the Marine Corps and held command positions in such important military campaigns as Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
A strong leader throughout his highly decorated military career, he was recruited for Arlington based on his demonstrated ability to identify goals, define and execute strategies to achieve those goals, and deliver exceptional results. In his final military assignment as the assistant wing commander for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Arnold commanded six aircraft groups and approximately 17,000 troops while overseeing a $740 million dollar operations budget. During this assignment, Arnold helped coordinate ongoing U.S. operations in Iraq, including a key military engagement in the city of Fallujah where residents were facing constant violence and unrest at the hands of insurgents.
Arnold, 51, is a native of Ithaca, N.Y., and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from State University of New York at Brockport, a Master of Arts degree in international relations from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Science degree in national security affairs from the National War College.
Arnold and his wife, Carolyn, live in Barrington Hills, Illinois with their two sons.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun